It derives from the Greek
diabolos, slanderer, and according to Isaac
Asimov it denotes "evil spirits that slander God in man's ears." What word is
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The word devil derives from the Old English
deofol, evil spirit; it penultimately derives
from the Greek diabolos , slanderer or accuser, which in turn is a Septuagint loan-translation of the Hebrew word
satan , adversary.
Note that St. Jerome re-introduced the name
Satan into the Vulgate. English translators, thus, could pick and
choose which word to use.
Leviticus 17:7, the word
devils is a translation of the Hebrew
sairrim , wild goats. The
JPS translates the word as goat-demons.
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